Following on from my last post on ‘Everything You Need To Know About Ceramides‘, I’ll be telling you all about one of my favourite ceramide-containing products – the CeraVe Moisturising Cream. Find out if I stick with it or spin for another go on the moisturiser merry-go-round! 🎠
PRODUCT: Moisturising Cream
INGREDIENTS: Aqua / Water, Glycerin (skin replenishing & restoring – best), Cetearyl Alcohol (texture enhancer/emollient – good), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (texture enhancer/emollient/plant extract – best), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener/emulsifier/emollient – good), Ceteareth-20 (texture enhancer – good), Petrolatum (skin-soothing/emollient – good), Dimethicone (silicone/emollient – good), Phenoxyethanol (preservative – good), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (not rated as not on PC ingredient dictionary but it’s an emulsifier when paired with cetearyl alcohol & is allowed for use in the EU whereas Behentrimonium Chloride is not), Potassium Phosphate (buffering agent/pH adjuster – good), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative/carrier agent – good), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (thickener/emulsifier/cleansing agent – good), Disodium Edta (chelating agent – good), Dipotassium Phosphate (pH adjuster/maintainer – good), Ceramide Np (skin-replenishing – best), Ceramide Ap (skin-replenishing – best), Phytosphingosine (preservative/skin-replenishing/skin-restoring – best), Cholesterol (emollients/skin-replenishing- best), Xanthan Gum (thickener/Emulsifier/texture enhancer – good), Carbomer (texture enhancer – good), Sodium Hyaluronate (salt of hyaluronic acid – best), Tocopherol (antioxidant/vitamin E – best), Ceramide Eop (skin-replenishing – best).
*Ingredient info & ratings from Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary (my personal choice for ingredient ratings. However, I do use other sources as well)*
- Suitable for sensitive, dry and very dry skin on the face and body (love a multi-tasker!)
- Contains 3 different types of ceramides & a ceramide precursor
- Has what CeraVe calls MVE Technology; a system that continually releases moisturising ingredients throughout the day (or night)
- Contains sodium hyaluronate
- Fragrance-free (if that’s something you look for!)
- Contains skin-replenishing glycerin (fatty acid) and cholesterol which work well with ceramides and helps them to work better
I’ve Got *Insert Skin Type Here* Skin, Can I use It?
So as I talked about in my previous blog post, ceramides are suitable for ALL skin types. They are naturally found in our skin so when topically applied (even if they are synthetic), the skin can recognise and use them. Basically, they benefit everyone because everyone has a skin barrier and needs it to be strong in order for it to protect your skin and keep it hydrated!
That being said, the CeraVe Moisturising Cream is designed specifically for those with sensitive, dry and very dry skin types. So yes, the cream contains ceramides (which are suitable for all skin types) but it’s in a formulation which makes it more suitable for those with drier skin types.
However, I would go as far to say that it’s not just for those with dry skin as I have normal skin (if such a thing exists, debate in the comments!). It’s not particularly oily and not particularly dry. This cream was extremely helpful when my skin barrier was upset. I was using all the wrong products and my skin was irritated, dehydrated and inflamed. So, in that sense, this cream really stepped up to the mark to help repair and soothe my skin.
Now nearly a year down the line my skin barrier is strong and my skin is no longer dehydrated or inflamed. It is simply normal and I still find the cream is suitable for me. My mum on the other hand, has oily skin and she personally found this cream too thick for her (this cream is oil-free however but my mum couldn’t get on with the consistency!). So something to consider before trying!
Contains 3 Different Ceramides & A Ceramide Precursor
You’ve got, not just one, but three types of ceramides in this cream! All working to keep the skin hydrated and protect it from environmental aggressors. Then you’ve also got phytosphingosine which is a ceramide precursor which can nudge your skin into making ceramide itself.
This is a winning combination as you have the cream providing ceramides to your skin and then the ingredient, phytosphingosine, which is telling your skin to make even more ceramides. Ceramides all round then! 🥂
Contains Sodium Hyaluronate
Now if you have read my blog post ‘Everything You Need To Know About Hyaluronic Acid’, you’ll know that sodium hyaluronate is the salt derived from hyaluronic acid. It’s more stable on the skin and its molecules are smaller and can penetrate deeper than HA. It works to plump and hydrate the skin from below the surface. This in turn reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
As we get older, our levels of ceramides and HA decrease (amongst other things). So, using a ceramide and HA rich moisturiser, like the CeraVe Moisturising Cream, can plump the skin and make it appear more supple and youthful, when using the moisturiser.
A Dream Team Of Ingredients
Not only are all the ingredients rated as best or good in the above ingredients list (using PC ingredient dictionary). There is also a combination of specific ingredients, known as fatty acids (glycerin and triglyceride), cholesterol and ceramides. This is a dreamy combination of ingredients which all work together to form a strong barrier cream. They also work better when used together as well!
And in the words of Caroline Hirons “[this combination of ingredients] will help with barrier recovery and to prevent TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss)” which can cause redness and dryness in the skin.
Works Well With Acids
Chemical exfoliants like AHAs and BHA remove dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, which makes it even easier for the ceramides to be absorbed by the skin.
I find this cream very soothing and hydrating on the skin after using my BHA-containing Medik8 Blemish Control Pads.
Multivesicular Emulsion (MVE) Technology
According to CeraVe ‘MVE is a structure of “time-released” spheres providing multiple phases of moisturisation that keeps skin hydrated for up to 24 hours’. These spheres contain layers and held amongst the layers are ingredients like ceramides and fatty acids.
Over time the layers slowly and sequentially dissolve, releasing these ingredients onto the surface of the skin. This slow release of ingredients helps to replenish skin’s natural ceramides and restore barrier function to sustain moisture throughout the day or night.
This is of course beneficial as you are then receiving continuous hydration, no matter what the environment is throwing at you. I can 100% vouch for this because I used to get small dry patches appearing on my face towards the end of the day with a previous moisturiser. With the CeraVe Moisturising Cream, I don’t experience this anymore!
An Increase In Blackheads
So, this is very specific to me! I did notice that I had an increase in blackheads within the first couple of weeks of using this and it was the only new product I had introduced to my skin. BUT, to preface this I was literally only using a hydrating cleanser and this moisturiser when I was in the process of repairing my skin barrier. I didn’t chemically or physically exfoliate, there was no retinol or vitamin C usage and so that is something to definitely take into consideration.
To me, it makes sense that I had blackheads when I wasn’t exfoliating the dead skin cells from my face in any sort of way. Now that I am exfoliating/using retinol and vitamin C, I have seen a massive decrease in the numbers of blackheads.
So, something to consider if you plan to use this cream without any exfoliation/actives (your skin, your choice after all!) or if you plan to use this in the short-term to repair your skin barrier. I can’t guarantee that this wouldn’t happen to you but what I will say, is that the repair of my skin barrier was more important to me than the temporary appearance of blackheads. I knew I could take care of the blackheads in time when my skin barrier was strong enough to tolerate a BHA like salicylic acid, for example.
And most important take-away-point, is that everyone’s skin is different which means what happened to me, may not happen to you! That applies to everything really, we are all completely different! ❤️
Thick In Consistency & Sets Down Matte
It is a thick cream and one that takes getting used to if you haven’t used a thick barrier repair cream before. When my husband first tried it, he immediately said that he didn’t like how thick it felt. Then within 5 minutes, his skin drank it up and he didn’t feel any residual stickiness or film-like feeling. The same happened to me and still does even though I would say my skin is ‘normal’ and not dehydrated now. My skin just laps it up!
The fact that the cream sets down matte is a personal preference to me. I like the good old glazed doughnut look 🍩 and this just doesn’t do that. But, it doesn’t matter because I have other specific products that can do that (enter, Glossier’s Future Dew). So, if you’re looking for a dewy moisturiser, this isn’t that but if you want a matte look, then this here is ya buddy! 💏
It’s Not Your Classic IG Shelfie Beauty
Some will 100% think this about this product. But let’s be perfectly honest, does it matter?! I’m here for the results and this product delivers!
How Do I Use This Product?
Slap it on ya face after cleansing.
No, I joke, well I mean you can do that but if you’re as nosy as I am, then you’ll want to know exactly what I do. But on a side note, that is exactly what my husband does and his skin is dreamy (go figure!).
So, currently, I use this AM and PM every day. In the AM, I cleanse, apply my treatments, eye-cream and serums and then I apply the CeraVe moisturising cream. After that I will use my SPF. I usually take a mini-egg size amount of moisturiser to cover my face, neck and chest. A mini-egg was all I could seriously think of comparing it too!
In the PM, I do the exact same thing, except I swap out my SPF for a facial oil (ain’t no sun in my bed!).
So, in summary, nothing special application-wise, as you would expect from a moisturiser!
Gimme The Deets…
Price-wise, I got my CeraVe Moisturising Cream from Look Fantastic and it’s priced:
Quite often however, LF have very good offers on CeraVe products so I tend to look out for those! I also make sure that I get the 117ml version as I prefer the tube over a pot.
You can also get both forms from Feel Unique, Boots and Superdrug, in the UK.
CeraVe does have worldwide stockists however, so just go to their website here and look for countries & regions and find your associated stockists.
Stick Or Spin Again?
Stick. But like The Ordinary hyaluronic acid serum that I reviewed, I would be up for spinning.
This is simply because I used this cream for a very specific reason and that was to repair my damaged skin barrier. Now that my barrier is stronger, I feel it would be nice to spin and try some other great moisturisers that I have my eye on. Especially since I want to try and test out different ones for you lot!
I would always keep this stocked up in my cupboard, however. This is because, I think with retinoid products, this is a dream cream partner! I don’t know about you but I like a plain, basic moisturiser when I use my retinoid product. So, this is the one that I would always turn too for that!
So in summary, I think the CeraVe Moisturising Cream is a really good, basic cream to have on your shelf. It will help you if you’ve overdone it with the acids, if your retinoid has whipped your a** or if your skin barrier, in general, is in need of some real TLC. For the price point as well, it’s worth a try and if you find it’s not good enough for your visage then use it on your body!
Alternatives That I Would Try
For when the cash is rollllllling/you’ve had too much wine & splurge with a ‘who cares’ attitude 💷:
Allies of Skin Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment £105 for 50ml *not a ceramide moisturiser but an alternative moisturiser in general that I would try!*
The middle man for when you ‘should’ be reigning in the spending 🤦🏼♀️:
Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Cream £35.50 for 50ml
COSRX Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream £20 for 50ml
The ones that won’t make you feel pure rage if they don’t deliver 👹:
The Inkey List Ceramide Night Treatment £14.99 for 30ml
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA £4.90 for 30ml or £6.80 for 100ml
Next time I will be telling you everything you need to know about niacinamide! One of my favourite ingredients!
Look out for it and in the meantime leave me some comments below, I’ll always get back to you. Tell me what you think about the CeraVe Moisturising Cream. What’s your experience been with it, if you’ve tried it? Have you tried any other ceramide products that you want to recommend?
Love & Knowledge,
S A M A N T H A
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